These Grado SR325e headphones are the representative and reference of the 'Prestige' series. It builds on all the elements that have made this range and the New York-based brand so popular. The vintage headband design makes these headphones quite unique. The housing is cast in a magnificent, completely inert aluminium part to generate no unwanted vibration and perfectly stiff so as to prevent mechanical distortion. The coil wiring of the transducers uses HPLC conductors. The jumper cable also uses a special processing. It uses 8 specific conductors, also in HPLC copper. The support of the metal screen behind the diaphragm gives a 50% increase in the air displacement, making it swifter and even less sensitive to the housing, hence a greater neutrality in the timbres. Its diaphragms are carefully sorted and perfectly matched. This care gives the listening a much better sound stage and an extremely precise placement of instruments and voices. As can be expected with a headphone set of this range, the manufacturing is of a great accuracy and have no criticism. For those of you who weren't convinced by the older Grado models, the ear pads on this new model have been significantly improved for comfort. The products are always assembled by hand in the company’s historic Brooklyn workshop.
It must be reported that this SR325e requires a good forty hours powered up for the sound quality to be perfectly uniform. After breaking in, these Hi-Fi headphones reproduce one of the best midranges we have had the opportunity to hear. The voices are precise and extremely present with outstanding expression. The brass and percussion are reproduced with an energy and consistency that only great acoustic systems can reproduce. As always with Grado, the bass is rich, taut and very expressive. The treble rises very high with no stress and shows no distortion or sharpness. Based on this criterion, it serves as a reference... The sound quality is of outstanding fluidity: such as can be found on headphones that cost almost twice as much! If you dreamed of the GS 1000, but it is inaccessible for you, this SR325 is certainly the one for you… Congratulations to John Grado for this amazing Prestige range and for this reference model. Highly recommended!
Hi-Fi Choice - Editor’s Choice
What Hi-Fi - Best Buy
STUFF Technology - 6th out of 100! Franck
Operating principle: Open-back
Frequency response: 18 Hz/20 kHz
SPL 1 mW: 98 dB
Impedance: 32 ohms
Coil: UHPLC (Ultra High Purity Long Crystal) copper
Cable: UHPLC (Ultra High Purity Long Crystal) copper